January 12, 2010 3:38:21 am
India and China have decided to resume joint army training exercises from 2011,three years after the last round of bilateral anti-terror war games were conducted in Belgaum.
A contingent of Indian soldiers will visit China next year for a new series of training exercises. This was decided during the visit to Beijing by a high-level military team led
by Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar.
The two countries have also decided to exchange information and intelligence on anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden. The two sides have identified a number of areas of cooperation,one of them being joint military drills. The next round of joint exercises is likely to be held in China in 2011, sources in the Defence Ministry said.
India and China conducted their first joint army exercise at Kunming in 2007 and followed it with another in India the following year. But this was on hold in the last two years with both sides unable to decide on a roadmap to enhance military cooperation.
Last weeks meetings were part of the first ever Defence Secretary-level talks that were held between the countries. A number of areas were cooperation could be enhanced were discussed. These included counter terrorism measures and maritime security cooperation, sources said.
While intelligence sharing on counter-piracy missions both nations have committed significant resources in the Gulf of Aden as part of the international effort to curb piracy is a new area of cooperation,the two sides will also increase military exchanges and cross-training in military institutions.
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